More than 700 NHS Lothian diabetes patients are on the waiting list for insulin pumps – while fewer than 200 devices are handed out each year.

One patient has been waiting for 28 months to receive the ‘life-changing’ tool, which allows people to administer insulin and monitor their blood glucose levels constantly.

We revealed last month that the health board had stopped providing closed-loop devices to all patients except pregnant women and children, blaming soaring demand and funding pressures for the move.

As of April, there were 753 people on the waiting list, while only 163 had been distributed in 2023/24. In 2022/23, 176 were provided compared with 183 in 2021/22 and 104 in 2020/21.

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